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I Oppose the Toomey-Manchin Amendment

by Senator Lindsey Graham

04/15/2013 11:49:00 AM

The Toomey-Manchin proposal, while well-intentioned, is not a solution to illegal gun violence.  We already have major holes in the current National Instant Criminal Background (NICS) system.  There are thousands of people who have been adjudicated as a danger to themselves and others who are not currently in the NICS system.  Additionally, in 2010 over 13,000 fugitives failed a background check yet less than 15 people were successfully prosecuted.  Instead of expanding a broken background check system, let’s fix it.  

I have bipartisan legislation which would accomplish that goal.  I hope the Senate will soon debate and approve my legislation.

I Welcome The Senate Debate On The Second Amendment

by Senator Lindsey Graham

04/11/2013 11:39:00 AM

I welcome a debate on the Second Amendment in the United States Senate.  I want to proceed to this bill. I want to debate it. I am not afraid.

 

Some have asked why I opposed filibustering a procedural motion to move forward.  Here’s my reasoning.

 

  • Many Senators have refused to even take a position on some of these issues for fear of angering one side or the other.  There’s only one way to see where Senators actually stand – make them vote.

 

  • Filibustering right now means Senators get a free pass.  Some politicians’ dream scenario is one where they don’t actually have to vote For or Against a proposal but can tell each side they were with them all along.  Again, let’s make Senators vote.

 

  • Nothing the Democrats are proposing would have prevented the Sandy Hook massacre.  We need Senators on record.  Do you support these proposals?

 

  • The legislation can still be filibustered after today in the United States Senate.  And even if gun control legislation passes the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate it is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

 

  • Finally, I have my own legislation, supported by the NRA, which I want to bring forward in the Senate.  My legislation would make a real difference in keeping guns out of the wrong hands.

 

It’s designed to prevent individuals like Alice Boland, a mentally disturbed individual who once pled ‘Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity’ in federal court for threatening to kill the President of the United States from legally buying a firearm.  Under current law, she was able to pass a background check, buy a pistol, and go to Ashley Hall School in Charleston where she tried to shoot several school officials.  One bullet in her hands is one too many.

 

Again, I welcome a debate on gun control and you should too.  The American people deserve to see where their elected representatives stand on the Second Amendment.  Let’s vote.

On Boeing's South Carolina Expansion

by Senator Lindsey Graham

04/09/2013 5:22:00 PM

Today’s decision validates my belief South Carolina is the best place in the country to do business.  This is huge news for our economy.  It also shows that Boeing made the right decision to locate in South Carolina.  I look forward to the continued strong, mutually beneficial relationship between Boeing, the local workforce, and the state of South Carolina in years to come.

 

The $1 billion expansion is expected to create 2,000 jobs.

Graham Questions Admiral On North Korea Threat

posted by Tate, Deputy Communications Director

04/09/2013 2:03:00 PM

On the Passing of Margaret Thatcher

by Senator Lindsey Graham

04/08/2013 4:03:00 PM

Margaret Thatcher was one of the great role models in the history of the conservative movement.

Her foreign policy was clear eyed and firm. She, along with Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II stood up to communism, the great evil of their time, with an uncompromising conviction. They understood the ideology was evil and restricted the better nature of mankind.

Domestically, she took Great Britain off the path to socialism and unleashed the power of the British people. Her belief in the power of the individual over the false security of reliance on government control inspires to this day.

During the coming days she will receive much adulation and credit, but in my view the best way to pay homage to Margaret Thatcher is to follow on the path she laid out -- trust in the people and stand up to evil when you find it.

The great evil of our day is radical Islam and the world would be served well if today's political leaders show the same determination to defeat radical Islam Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II displayed to standing up to communism.

Both ideologies, communism and radical Islam, intend to enslave the human spirit. With the passing of Margaret Thatcher let us all recommit ourselves to standing up to radical Islam, the great evil of our time.

Discussing Immigration Reform on Fox News

posted by Tate, Deputy Communications Director

04/01/2013 11:01:00 AM

Graham on CNN State of the Union

posted by Tate, Deputy Communications Director

03/31/2013 10:59:00 AM

Graham Talks With Governor Mike Huckabee

posted by Tate, Deputy Communications Director

03/18/2013 1:33:00 PM



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